Chance The Rapper Helped Halt Chicago Violence For Almost Two Days

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Stacy-Ann Ellis / May 29, 2014

For almost two days, Chicago was a safer place with a little help from Chance The Rapper. When his father asked him and his brother Taylor to start a #SaveChicago anti-violence campaign for the Memorial Day weekend, they happily obliged. Even though Chano was recovering from illness and busy with performances, he made sure to tweet out info about the campaign and check in on the progress. He was happy to see that since he started the social media campaign (in partnership with radio stations, schools, churches and outreach programs), there were no reported shootings in Chicago for 42 hours. Check out his Twitter timeline during the real life Social Experiment:














So far, he’s received kudos from fellow Chi-town champs Common, Lil Durk, Twista, Lupe Fiasco and, of course, Papa Bennett. “#may23rd came and went, and we all made it. Thank you so much Chicago. Thanks to the community organizers and Radio stations that helped. And thanks Dad for teaching us to be hands on, there is no change with us. #takingbackmycity #socialexperiment,” he said in the below Instagram post. “Chiraq” reputation aside, great things have been happening for the Windy City. On top of the 42 hour violence lull, Kanye West and Common came together to create 22,000 summer jobs for the city’s youth earlier this year. Photo Credit: Getty Images